Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Co-Founder and Director
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hughes is an art critic, curator, and entrepreneur. Sheʻs written for ArtAsiaPacific, Brownbook, Contemporary Practices, Frieze, Harper’s Art Bazaar Arabia and Ibraaz, in addition to contributing to exhibition catalogues for the Singapore Art Museum, Barjeel Art Foundation, Agha Khan Museum, and Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture. She is the editor of the monograph, Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In (Aperture Foundation, 2015), and has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally, including for Art Dubai Projects, Ayyam Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Transformer Gallery, and Maraya Art Center.A frequent speaker and moderator of panels, Hughes has also served as a nominator for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program; Abraaj Capital Art Prize, as well as a juror for the YICCA 2013 International Contest of Contemporary Art, Art Omi International visual arts residency, and was the 2016 co-curator of CONTACT: Foreign and Familiar at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

Katherine Anne Leilani Tuider, Co-Founder and Director
Originally from Hawai'i, Tuider is a multifaceted business, development and arts professional with a focus on donor development, financial management, grant writing and marketing. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, she wrote successful grant proposals in Spanish and English, and helped manage a $1 million PEPFAR budget in order to organize over 20 health conferences. Tuider was also an International Recruiter in Washington, DC for CARANA Corporation, where she recruited teams for USAID, DFID, MCC and World Bank-funded international development proposals and specialized in recruiting for projects in economic growth, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), health, natural resource management (NRM), tourism and art. An innovative tourism specialist, Tuider created, owned and operated Anti-Tour, a socially conscious travel company that provided personalized adventures to Dominican Republic. She is also the author of Dominican Republic (Other Places Travel Guide, 2012).

Honolulu Biennial FOUNDATION TEAM

Yoko Ott, Project Manager

Danya Hakeem, Development Manager

Dee Taketa, Bookkeeper


Honolulu Biennial 2019 Curatorial Team

Jens Hoffmann, Artistic Director 

Scott Lawrimore, Curator

Nina Tonga, Curator

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Board of Directors

Taiji Terasaki, President

Kristen Chan, VP

Gloria Lau, VP/Treasurer


Sonny Ganaden

Shaunagh Guinness Robbins

Meli James

Katherine Don

Heather Shimizu, Secretary

Brett Zaccardi



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